I’m home from my Founder’s Circle trip to St. George, Utah – and I’m excited to share some of my experience with you. Founder’s Circle is a Stampin’ Up! incentive trip for this year’s Top 100 demonstrators. What a treat! We are flown out to beautiful St. George where we get to hang out with amazing demonstrators from the U.S. and Canada.
After four days of rest and relaxation (with an appropriate level of pampering), I’m completely exhausted. Does that even make sense? Here’s a peek at some of the wonderful moments from my trip.
Stampin’ Up! hosted a wonderful dinner Wednesday night to welcome us all to St. George. While the weather was amazing and the food was out-of-this-world, it was the people who made the evening so special. Let me revise that statement: it was the people who made that evening so special – AND the chocolate cake. Better?
Here are my incredible table-mates from the Welcome Dinner:
We played games and got to know each other really well at our table. Our seats were marked with a small, hand-painted canvas – each one was an original. What a fun little gift to mark this special occasion! You might not be able to see from this picture, but the two banners on the side of the picture have my name on them.
And then there was the cake…I’m not a huge fan of chocolate-on-chocolate. Inside this delicious masterpiece was a mixture of chocolate cake and white cake with layers of caramel and cream fillings. It’s possibly the most delicious cake I’ve ever had – and I’ve enjoyed a lot of cake in my life. 🙂 Each table was graced with one of these full-sized beauties:
Hanging Out in The Gathering Place
While many people planned horseback riding and shopping excursions, many of us just stuck around the hotel and socialized with each other there. Some were in the lobby (we had the entire hotel to ourselves), some were by the pool and others were in The Gathering Place, a meeting room that was set aside just for us. That’s were we completed our swaps, made new projects with some new stamps and papers we received and lounged. I spent many hours in the lobby of the hotel playing Phase 10, the worst card game in the history of all games (and I’m not saying that because it stretched out for hours or because Linda Heller beat me every single time).
Each day, we tossed a beanbag to win fun prizes. Ribbon, paper, buttons. Robynn joyfully shared the great selection of products when our beanbags hit the right spots on the board.
Stampin’ Up! filled the Gathering Place with chocolates, candies and some healthy options. This is a spread of fruits, cheeses, breads and a huge honeycomb filled with delicious honey (in the lower, right corner).
The night of the pajama party, I had to move some chairs. When Selene Kempton tried to snap a photo, I put on a show for her.
One of the most memorable parts of the Founder’s Circle experience is traveling from St. George to Kanab, Utah where the stamps (and some other products) are manufactured. Not only do we get to bond with one another for four hours in the bus that day, but we also get to complete a make-and-take, tour the facility, see Shelli’s on-site apartment and have lunch with the employees there.
We toured the area where they print to overlay labels for the photopolmer stamp sets. This is the French version of the stamp set found in the Watercolor Wishes card kit – if you love that stamp set (and I know you do), it’s even more beautiful in French:
This huge sheet of red rubber with multiples of the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set was cooling down and ready to be cut:
Lisa Pretto had a ball cutting the large roll of red rubber in to usable sheets. And those humongous gloves? Well, they fit her hands like a glove. That doesn’t make sense.
While at Kanab, we also toured Shelli’s apartment that’s right above the manufacturing facility. She wasn’t there this year, but Sara Douglass (her amazing daughter) was. I grabbed a quick photo op with Sara:
And another with Sara, Linda Heller and Michelle Zindorf:
While Sara took pictures with other attendees in the living room, Lisa and I checked out the kitchen. We delayed some of Sara’s photos in the other room because she had to yell for us to stop being naughty. Lisa can be a bad influence on me.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this write-up. I’ll be back tomorrow to share some pictures of our final night in St. George and some of the great friends I hung out with while I was away. I’m even sharing some projects with some great, new products. You won’t want to miss it.
Thanks for stopping by today!